Operations Technologist


The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre) is inviting applications for an Operations Technologist to support the manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS).

The Fedoruk Centre was established in 2011 under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, with an independent Board of Directors and a sole Member, the University of Saskatchewan (U Sask).   The purpose of the Fedoruk Centre is to help place Saskatchewan among global leaders of nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry.  The SCCS is owned by U Sask and operated by the Fedoruk Centre.  The facility encompasses a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron; cGMP-level radiopharmaceutical laboratories including hot cells, auto-synthesis units and a quality control system (HPLC, GC, TLC);  a suite of shielded work areas with radiochemistry equipment; two small-animal PET-CT scanners for preclinical research; and a suite of tools for nuclear imaging of living plants.  Besides serving as a resource for academic and industrial researchers, the SCCS supplies fludeoxyglucose (FDG) for PET-CT scanning in regional hospitals.  The SCCS is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) as a Class II Nuclear Facility.  Radiopharmaceuticals are manufactured in compliance with regulations of the CNSC and Health Canada. 

The salary range for this Operations Technologist position is $50,000 – 88,000 per annum.  Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience.  

This is full-time continuing position with an anticipated start date in August/September 2021.  This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.   

The Fedoruk Centre corporate values can be found at:  https://fedorukcentre.ca/about/corporate-values.php 

PRIMARY PURPOSE:  Reporting to the Technical Operations Manager, the Operations Technologist will support equipment at the SCCS. 

NATURE OF WORK:  Reporting to the Technical Operations Manager of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, the Operations Technologist will be part of a team supporting specialized equipment used in the production and investigation of radiochemicals and radiopharmaceuticals.  The primary work environment is a laboratory environment, which is clean, orderly, properly lighted, and ventilated.  There is some exposure to ionizing radiation in a laboratory that is operated under well-controlled and closely monitored conditions, highly regulated by provincial, federal, and internal quality and regulatory professionals.  Each staff member receives specific training in keeping with regulatory guidelines and is monitored for radiation exposure.  Noise levels are considered low to moderate. 

This position may occasionally require irregular work hours.


  •  Operate and perform general maintenance and repairs of the cyclotron and ancillary equipment.
  •  Coordinate third party services, calibrate, perform maintenance, and repairs of lab equipment and analytical instruments.
  •  Use manufacturers’ manuals and internal documents to complete troubleshooting on malfunctioning equipment.
  •  Maintain spare parts and process components inventory.
  •  Train and assist researchers, students and staff on the operation of all on-site equipment.
  •  Assist in procurement, installation and qualification of equipment, including the preparation of equipment procedures and preventative maintenance schedules.
  •  Follow standard operating procedures and maintain complete records of qualification, maintenance, repair and calibrations in compliance with CNSC and GMP regulations when applicable.
  •  Adhere to and support GMP compliance policies and procedures. 
  •  Other related duties that support the core activities and mission of the Fedoruk Centre.


Education: A recognized college diploma in instrumentation, mechanical engineering, or related field or a recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics, engineering or related field.


  •  A minimum of 3 years of relevant technical experience, preferably in a laboratory or small-scale industrial setting.
  •  Experience with radiation safety, working under regulation, quality testing and/or research is considered an asset.

Technical Skills:

  •  Knowledge of and skills in applying a wide range of troubleshooting techniques.
  •  Basic understanding of chromatography (HPLC, TLC and/or GC), controls, vacuum and fluid transfer systems are all considered assets.

Behavioural Competency Skills:

  •  Communication – Openly communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive and articulate manner, ensuring the message is clear, understood and consistent with objectives.
  •  Client Focus – Bringing excellence to internal or external clients by focusing efforts on discovering and meeting their needs.
  •  Conceptual & Analytical Ability – Understanding, analyzing, synthesizing and relating complex information and abstract variables; drawing logical conclusions and/or providing reasonable and creative alternatives.
  •  Initiative – Anticipating and dealing with problems and issues in a persistent manner, seizing opportunities that arise and going beyond what is expected.
  •  Results Orientation – Focusing efforts on achieving quality results consistent with the Fedoruk Centre vision.
  •  Self-Knowing & Self Development – Assessing strengths and weaknesses, and engaging in ongoing self-development and improvement, maintaining effectiveness in the face of change or ambiguity.
  •  Teamwork – Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and working cooperatively and effectively within and across organizational units to achieve common goals.
  •  Valuing People – Treating people fairly, with dignity and integrity, to promote a culture of commitment and productivity.

Health requirement:

 Physical ability to lift 23 kilograms.

 Any offer of employment will be conditional on the results of a medical assessment and/or vision examination to the extent permissible under employment law (The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S‐15.1, 2013, as amended).

How to Apply:

See the attached Job Profile for detailed qualifications and job description.  Please submit a covering letter and resume in PDF format by email to niki.schrie@fedorukcentre.ca, with Subject Line:  Operations Technologist; [your name].  Applicants must submit either a copy of their valid Canadian work permit or proof of citizenship/permanent residency status.

This position will be posted until filled.  Screening will begin on/about July 30, 2021.  While the Fedoruk Centre thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

Niki Schrie, Human Resources & Operations Manager
Email:  niki.schrie@fedorukcentre.ca


Department: Fedoruk Ctr for Nuclear Innovn 
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
 Until Filled.
Number of Openings: